Pentagon says 34 troops suffered brain injury in Iran strike

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The casualty total belies President Donald Trump's initial claim that no Americans were harmed. 9News

's initial claim that no Americans were harmed. He later characterised the injuries as "not very serious".

The Pentagon disclosed on Friday that 34 US service members suffered traumatic brain injury in Iran's missile strike this month on an Iraqi air base. Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said the eight in the US will be treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland, or at their home bases. The exact nature of their injuries and their service and unit affiliations were not disclosed.

The military said symptoms of concussion or traumatic brain injury were not immediately reported after the strike and in some cases became known days later. Many were in bunkers before nearly a dozen Iranian ballistic missiles exploded.


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